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Japan after Abe

Kono tells all Japan government offices to quit 'hanko' stamps

Reform minister demands explanations from stragglers

Taro Kono, minister in charge of administrative reform, wants to end the practice of using name stamps on documents at government offices. (Photo by Rie Ishii)

TOKYO -- Japan's minister for administrative reform on Thursday ordered all national government offices to stop requiring hanko stamps on official documents as a rule.

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